Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy co-operative owned by family farmers, has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
It is setting a science-based target and committing to reduce both direct and value chain greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade from a base year of 2018.
To reach its goal and reduce climate impact, DFA, its businesses and its farm family owners plan to work across the supply chain to reduce emissions on farms, in processing plants and on the road.
Some of their key strategies include mitigating methane emissions from cows, using renewable technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines as well as converting manure and food waste into energy.
David Darr, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer at DFA said: “Our dairy farm families have always been great stewards of the land and environmentally focused, because it protects the land for future generations.
“While the entire dairy industry from farm to manufacturer only contributes about 2% of total US greenhouse gas emissions, we know it’s imperative to keep doing better and making improvements. So we’re proud to take action and set this science-based target, which will help us further reduce our carbon footprint and do our part in taking care of our planet.”